The US State Department emphasized its willingness to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue through diplomacy instead of direct response to North Korea’s criticism of the US over the lifting of the US-ROK missile guidelines on the 31st (local time).
A State Department spokesman said, “We are aware of comments made by the North Korean media,” when asked Yonhap News’ stance on comments from North Korean media regarding the lifting of the missile guidelines.
“Our policy toward North Korea is open to diplomacy with North Korea and requires a coordinated and pragmatic approach to seek diplomacy,” said Lee. “He said.
In the meantime, in response to the North Korean nuclear and missile threats, Korea and the United States have revised missile guidelines several times to increase the range and weight of missiles that the ROK military can develop.
Then, at a summit meeting held in the United States on the 21st, the ROK-US leaders lifted the current 800 km range limit and ended the missile instructions completely.
Accordingly, North Korea’s Chosun Central News Agency criticized it as “deliberate hostilities” in the name of international issue critic Kim Myung-cheol and “a intensive expression of the anti-North Korea policy against which the United States is clinging”.
North Korea proposed the principle of “strong, strong, first-to-first” to the administration of Joe Biden, demanding the withdrawal of its hostile policy, which defined the US’s action as a hostile policy against North Korea.
A State Department spokesman’s comment on the day is interpreted to imply that North Korea responds to US diplomatic gestures by stressing the biden administration’s new policy stance toward North Korea and a solution through diplomacy in principle, avoiding direct response to North Korea’s criticism .
The Pentagon also spared a statement to Yonhap News’ inquiries that “we generally do not comment on other government comments.”
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